City of Duluth Begins Lakewalk, Shoreline Restoration Project

Ryan Juntti
Updated: October 08, 2018 09:32 PM

The City of Duluth began phase one of a multi-phase restoration project on Monday to reinforce the shoreline and the Lakewalk.

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Last year winter storms in October and April took a toll on the Lakewalk and shoreline in Duluth. That's why city officials say it's important to get this project done now.

"We're very concerned about another big event taking away even more of the shore," said Michael LeBeau, City of Duluth Construction Project Supervisor.

To make sure that doesn't happen again, the city of Duluth is acting now to reinforce the shoreline.

"If we had a big storm tomorrow, we would have a problem," said LeBeau.

Crews are going to be installing a concrete retaining wall, and stone reinforcements from the Fitger's stairs to the Portland Malt Shoppe stairs.

As a result, they will need to remove the boardwalk from the veteran memorials to the Portland Malt Shoppe resulting in closures on the Lakewalk.

The portion of the Lakewalk from Endion Station to Leif Erikson park is closed as of Monday, and will be until December. When it opens back up, the wooden boardwalk will have been replaced with gravel.

The wooden boardwalk itself won't be replaced until spring. 

While it may cause some inconvenience in the short term, LeBeau says the project will be worth it in the long run.

He compares this project to downtown Duluth road construction projects.

"The lake's tough, and it's taken it (Lakewalk) apart, so we have to shut it down to put it back together just like we do with the streets. Occasionally we just have to make it inconvenient to brings things back up to speed," said LeBeau. 

LeBeau says that this project should be a 50 to 75 year investment versus a 30 year investment. 

"We're just building everything more robust to hopefully stand up longer," said LeBeau.

The public can expect to see crews working Monday to Friday from 8 am to 6 pm. 

The anticipated completion date for this portion of the project is December 31.

The estimated cost of the project is $1.18 million.


Ryan Juntti

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